Pittsfield man pleads guilty to church break-in

He was sentenced to nine months in jail

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Pittsfield man who caused thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to a church during a break-in has been sentenced to nine months in jail.

Authorities say Christopher Kimball was responsible for a series of break-ins this summer, including one at St. Charles Church, during which he pried open a pair of prayer boxes and caused about $2,400 worth of damage, but got only about $25.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that he the 36-year-old Kimball pleaded guilty recently to larceny, receiving stolen property, and vandalism connected to four cases.

Kimball’s attorney, Joseph Zlatnik, said his client went to the church in an attempt to find work and food. The church’s pastor agreed.

His attorney says Kimball has also been taking advantage of counseling services.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com

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